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The Best Places on Earth for Stargazing

 

The vastness of the universe is overwhelming that sometimes we miss on a lot of things including the sky. It is hard to appreciate the sky and all its greatness if you do not look up. Here in Singapore, the abundance of artificial light is undeniable that you cannot see what lies on top of you. It is time that you appreciate the sky.

You do not need to be an astrologer to appreciate the sky. You do not need telescopes to observe the stars as well. There are many places here on earth perfect for stargazing where stars come together to excite the naked eye. The best thing about stargazing is it is free and unlimited. So, if you want to see it, you can do so. Here are some places you would want to visit for stargazing:

Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert is the pride of Chile. What makes this place ideal for stargazing? To start, it is in high altitude plus not polluted skies. The 600-mile stretch also attracts more and more tourists every year. In fact, the astro-tourism scene here is lucrative these days. For a more personal experience, head to the famous Elqui Domos. It has an observatory plus hotel.

Tenerife

Tenerife is in Canary Islands. For your information, Canary Islands is part of Morocco. Tenerife has become an astro-tourism site because of its proximity to the equator plus high altitude. In fact, it is one of the clearest skies on earth. It is an ideal stargazing place because there is a local law that regulate flights to protect stargazing. The fun never stops because of the Starmus Festival.

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

If you are in New Zealand, never miss the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This is actually the largest dark-sky reserve in the world. It is nestled in Machenzie Basin – that offers high country plateau.

NamibRand Nature Reserve

There is such thing as Dark-Sky Association. This is a group that gives award to reserve with the best sky quality. The first to achieve the Gold Tier award was NamibRand Nature Reserve in 1988. The best about this reserve is that guests can camp put at the Namid Desert or choose to have a guided tour of the famous dunes.

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is in Hawaii. It is in fact the home of the largest optical telescope in the world – which is seated in 13,796 foot summit of Mauna Kea. Serious star gazers would risk it for a magical view at night. If conditions are good, you can even see sunsets and sunrises.

Asian Festivals You Should Attend This Year

 

It is almost 2017 and you still have more travels to make. There are many places outside Singapore that you can trot. You are confused where to go next. If that is the case, why not pattern your travel based on world-famous festivals. When you hear festivals, it refers to celebrations or commemoration. It is usually celebrated by a community but tourists are welcome to join it.

There are massive celebrations. That is where you should be because of the vibrant colours. Here are the festivals you can join this year:

Ati-Atihan

Ati-Atihan is a famous festival in the Philippines usually celebrated every January. The festival is a colourful spectacle that invites all its guests through colourful and flamboyant costumes and bang. The festival is the commemoration of Santo Nino and God’s abundance. If you are going to visit, expect street parties, grand parades and masquerade balls.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a famous one in Taiwan celebrated every February which is part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Sky lanterns are famous medium to send dreams and resolutions into the heavens. It is quite a spectacle with thousands of festival-goers lighting their sky lanterns and sending it to the skies.

BaliSpirit Festival

If ever you are in Bali this coming March, do not miss the BaliSpirit Festival in Indonesia. The BaliSpirit Festival is held in Ubud ricefields. This festivel is like seven days and during this time, you can participate in concerts, yoga classes, meditations, seminars and more. What is best is that a portion of the proceeds will directly go to local charities.

Songkran Festival

The hottest time in Thailand is April and it is when Songkran Festival is held. It marks the New Year in Thai calendar. When you decide to go, do not forget to bring swimwear and water gun. Street parties are present plus many water activities.

Seoul Fringe Festival

Seoul Fringe Festival is an art festival celebrated every June. It is the destination for artists. Artworks are exhibited in galleries, cafes and restaurants. It does not end there because even if you are not an artist, you are still given the chance to enjoy dances, concerts, plays and other performances.

Tihar Festival

Every October, Tihar Festival is celebrated in Nepal. The celebration do not only honour Hindu deities but also pay honour to animals as well. The celebrations last for five days and the first four days is devoted to different animals.